An average of 12 women die every day in Nepal due to complications arising from pregnancy. Most of these deaths occur due to lack of access to basic healthcare during pregnancy, childbirth and at the post-natal stage.
These unpleasant facts came to light at a recent interactive programme organised by the Safe Motherhood Network, a local non-governmental organisation. Although Nepal has made some progress in reducing the infant mortality rate, there has been no significant decline in the neo-natal mortality rate. Experts feel that this will further increase infant mortality rates in the future.
According to a recent study titled 'The World's Newborn', a mother dies every two hours in Nepal, while three to four newborns die every 60 minutes. Of every 1000 births, 39 babies die within the first few months. Among newborns, low birth weight causes 64-84 per cent of the deaths.
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